Blog about Barbet Yatzie & Moët

My life with the French waterdogs Yatzie born 2007 and her daughter Moët born 2011. Barbets are purebred, active, relaxed and allergy friendly dogs with a soft and loving spirit. I am Swedish but live with my dogs in Holland. I hope you will enjoy the blog! Enlarge the photos by clicking on them.

2015 > 07

Moët has been mated with the lovely stud Netis Hazzah, aka Claude, who lives in Wales. The echo to determine if the mating was successful we be done in week 35. If there are puppies growing the expected date of birth will be around September 21. We are keeping all fingers crossed! Welcome to contact me if your are interested in a puppy from Moët and Claude.  Read more this page

Netis Hazzah, a French beauty champion
Netis Hazzah, a French beauty champion

After a whole day walking the streets of London Yatzie and Moët decided it was time to play right at Piccadilly Cirkus! Never mind the crowd - they created space around them - and the traffic. Just catch the moment! Then a few photo sessions again as usual. We considered starting to charge for the photos -  we'd be rich by now (could be useful to pay for a new car since I crashed with our Volvo in Wales... no one hurt though thank God!)

London has a few very nice parks and we walked the whole of St James park, from Buckingham Palace direction Harrods! In Harrods, as in all other shops, no dogs were alllowed. That gave me and the dogs an opportunity to relax for an hour in Starbucks (there they were allowed and admired) while the rest of the famiy were admiring, only admiring, things such as Golden Ipods for sale for 9,997 Pounds (reduced from 65,000!). 

Riding the London underground was an adventure. During rush hours it was so fully packed we could hardly get in. Then the easiest was to keep the dogs on our lap. Or between our legs for protection. The dogs were so cool. Nothing made them restless. People siad: "The dogs must be so scared around all these people" but these barbet are definetely rush hour proof!

The very first thing the dogs experienced in central London was a ghost on Piccadilly Cirkus! Yatzie did not approve of this amusement and was busy telling him off!

The final destination of our vacation was London. Everyone had been asking us: Are you really gonna bring your dogs to London? I thought: Why not? We were indeed the only tourists with dogs on the streets and got so much attention. Here we are on the Westminster bridge with Big Ben in sight, after having ridden the London Eye - no dogs allowed on the Eye though.... We do attractions in turn or some of us skip things. I would never leave the dogs behind of course!

It can be tireing for a dog with so much sight seeing. Moët, who is always super alert, on the other hand, never misses a chance to get a good rest when activities are over be it on the street, under a table or on mam's lap! She trusts us so much she just totally gives herslef over to sleeping, while Yatzie stays half-awake, checking on us every half minute. 

Bath is a picturesque, old city with a long interesting history. This is the only place in the UK with warm springs, and the waters have healing properties. The old Roman baths are still to be seen, and some of them have been turned into more modern spas. We could not visit the spa, it was fully booked but we walked the lovely streets and took a ride through the city on a open air bus where the dogs had their own seats! I can recommmend a visit to this amazing city -  though in high season it was a little too crowdy.

We took a one hour ride on an old steam train into the beautiful Welsh mountainside. Yatzie and Moët found the trip so exciting, they were all the time looking out of the open cabin! Afterwards we were all covered in small black pieces of coal from the train chimney! 

We were all looking forward to eating a lot of Fish n chips this vacation - and we did! The fried fish is always very fresh and the dogs loved to share it with us (they did not get the greasy crust though). This sunny evening we brought the meal with us to the beach in Quay West to enjoy the waters and the setting sun as well. We had to keep a good eye on Moët who is in season now, since there were other dogs on the beach!

Travelling with barbets is so easy, they are so relaxed and blend right in. But getting everything needed for a three week long vacation into the car is hard! Even though we use a roof box the dogs have a thick bed of suitcases and bags, tennis rackets and dog food under them... But they are so happy to come along they don't care at all. And once in a while they get to sit on the lap of the kids for a change. 

On the south coast of Wales, in between Cardiff and Swansea, the United World College of the Atlantic is situated. I studied there in 1981-1983 and now revistited with my family and doggies for the first time. The main school building is an old castle, St Donat's, where our majestic barbets fit so well in! They were so happy when they got to run freely on the grass around the area, and on the coast. We also took a long sunny walk to Nashpoint Light house. So special to be back with all my loved ones!

Here we are at Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespear's home town, posing by the house where he was born. Such a sweet little town, but packed with tourists -  like us!

Near our B&B in Over we found this lovely river. After a warm walk in the fileds we all dived in and cooled off! So nice to swim together with your water dogs!

One of the punting companies allowed dogs on the boats! The dogs were so excited to pass by all kinds of birds so close! Bart had a good grip on them when they were got too excited!

We arrived in UK and will spend the coming two weeks travellling west to Wales. The doggies are a delight to bring on holidays. They so easily blend in, they don't mind the car and as long as they can be close to us they are happy! Here we are in Cambridge. The sun is shining -  we are so lucky!


Vacation started! Quality time with the family and the dogs is coming up! We have a secret destination, full of nice surprises -  let you guys know soon!

A lovely evening walk by our favourite lake, Kleine Plass. Lovely stilll waters, so peaceful - makes you dream of the upcoming vacation!

A barbet book!

The first book about the barbet published in Europe is here! 308 pages, 300 photos, in hardback  for years of enjoyment. Order the book here: The book is available in English and Dutch and can be shipped to all countries!
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Authours: Elisabeth Roest Kempemo and Brigitte Waller-Rengelink. 

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  • June • 4 juni 2016 16:31:26
    Beautiful Barbets! Has been a dream of mine for almost 10 years to have a Barbet of my own! Someday! ;)

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